Here is a fool-proof way to cook the perfect soft boiled eggs ,or as I like to call them "dippy eggs", every time!
The window was slightly ajar letting out some of the steam that had built up in the small kitchen. My grandmother feverishly stirring what looked like an absurdly large pot while chattering about the neighbors. I sat at the kitchen table staring out the 7th story window, daydreaming and patiently waiting with my piece of fresh, crusty bread. Six minutes is a long time for a kid.
I turned back to the scene behind me. My grandfather’s towel-wrapped hand, swiftly maneuvering past my grandma with the boiling pot; some sort of bickering exchanged. Cold water running, I waited; stomach growling. I knew the routine. It was predictable, timed, and always perfect.
As he cracked the top open, I could see the orange glow against the white. It was a magical sight. A pinch of salt, a dash of pepper. A beautifully cooked soft boiled egg. It was the perfect egg for dipping my bread in it first, then scooping out the white with the spoon. A few pieces of hard, aged salami, tea and breakfast was complete.
Something as simple as eating an egg, when done slowly, with intention, can become nearly ceremonious. There was an utter delight in having this carefully cooked egg before me that took just minutes to make. I’m not certain I appreciated it as a 7 year old, but the memory is deeply ingrained and I look back on it with fondness.
I hesitated writing this blog post because it seemed a little silly at first…everyone knows how to cook a soft-boiled egg, right? But after posting an image on my Instagram feed about cooking the perfect soft-boiled egg and receiving questions about the technique, I thought maybe not. So a single egg is getting its own blog post. After all, the egg is a coveted food around these parts. So let’s jump right into the method of cooking the perfect soft-boiled egg.
About This Recipe
- It takes just minutes to make
- Cooking time can be adjusted
- Softboiled eggs are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner
What You'll Need
- A medium-sized pan
- 2-4 eggs
Let's Make Soft boiled Eggs
Step 1. Add 4 cups water to a medium pot. Bring the water to a boil.
Step 2. Reduce heat to a simmer and gently place eggs in water without bouncing them. (You can use a small strainer or large spoon) Return heat to boiling, cover pot with a lid, and set your timer for 6 minutes.
Step 3. After 6 minutes, run eggs immediately under cold running water for 1 minute. Or you can create an ice bath and place them for 1 minute.
Step 4. Peel eggs and serve right away.
Top Tips + FAQs
Why Should Boil The Water First?
You want the temperature to be steady throughout the entire cooking process. If you place your eggs in cold water and boil them after, you won't be able to time it just right. This way you have complete control over the doneness of the egg.
Do You Need To Set A Timer?
Yes! Unlike hardboiled eggs, which are a little more forgiving, soft boiled eggs are very particular. Depending on how I want my eggs done, I use anywhere between 6-7 minutes of cooking time. If I want them dippier, it's 6. If I want them a little harder, 6 minutes and 45 seconds. As you make soft boiled eggs, you'll get a feel for how you like yours done.
Do You Need To Peel The Eggs Right Away?
I like to peel them right away because if they sit at room temperature, they will continue cooking in their own steam. I also like to eat them warm.
How To Eat Soft Boiled Eggs?
You can easy soft boiled eggs on:
- Gluten-free toast
- Over roasted vegetables
- With avocado and greens
- Add them to salads
- With smoked salmon and asparagus
- Over fried rice
- By dipping gluten-free toast pieces in the egg
More Egg Recipes You May Like
- Sweet Potato Toast with Egg and Avocado
- Keto Deviled Eggs with Avocado
- Easy Mini Frittatas with Bacon Broccoli and Red Pepper
- Salad Nicoise
- Grilled Radicchio Salad with Fennel and Soft Boiled Egg
- Egg Salad Avocado Boats (Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, Vegetarian)
- Keto Omelette With Avocado And Greens
How To Cook Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs
Here is a fool-proof way to cook the perfect soft boiled eggs ,or as I like to call them “dippy eggs“, every time!
- 2-4 eggs
- 4 cups of water
- a pinch of salt
- a little freshly ground pepper
1. Add 4 cups water to a medium pot. Bring the water to a boil.
2. Reduce heat to a simmer and gently place eggs in water without bouncing them. (You can use a small strainer or large spoon) Return heat to boiling, cover pot with a lid, and set your timer for 6 minutes.
3. After 6 minutes, run eggs immediately under cold running water for 1 minute. Or you can create an ice bath and place them for 1 minute.
4. Peel eggs and serve right away with salt and pepper.
1. Make sure you bring the water to a roaring boil first.
2. Set a timer for 6 minutes
3. Run eggs under running cold water right away to stop the cooking process.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
I adore this story in the beginnings - so special. I hope my girls remember eating soft boiled eggs from very young like this!
Thank you Renee! I think we take some of the simple things for granted at times!
I LOVE a soft boiled egg and your photos make them look as good as they taste! Better actually!
Aww thank you so much, Linda! I'm blushing over here 🙂
That egg looks so perfect! Thanks for sharing the method. I can't wait to try it out myself!
Awesome Jean, thank you so much!!
I love this! They make such yummy salad or bowl toppers.
I agree Shelby! I love them on salads! And thank you so much! 🙂
My goodness you sure do know how to make a soft boiled egg the most beautiful thing ever. Your photos are stunning! Soft boiled are my husband's favorites and we're pretty much all I made for my little one when she started eating eggs. Thanks so much for your simple instructions to perfect these.
Aww thank you so much Emily! I so appreciate your kind words! Truly I do! Soft boiled eggs really are special!
yolk porn at its finest!! Love your tips, and perfect soft boiled egg is a luxury and a real treat!
Hahah thank you thank you! I try 🙂 I agree it really is very special to me too!